Thursday, August 11, 2011

Joy and Beauty In The Home

The joy of home is godliness, and the beauty of home is order. 
Margaret Jensen

Godliness is seeking after God and His ways. His ways are good. They do bring joy. Walking in the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness and self-control.

Therefore, if you want joy in your home, seek godliness ~

Remove anything from your home that doesn't promote godliness.  

Be careful what your family watches and reads.  

Protect their eyes, heart, and mind. 

Be vigilant about this for a wise woman guards her home. Satan is a mighty lion looking whom he can devour. Don't even let his big toe come into your home.

Order is cleanliness and neatness. When I was younger there was a woman who rarely cleaned her home. It was a mess and smelled. There was no beauty.

God is a God of beauty and order. Look how He made creation. The sun rises and sets everyday, the flowers bloom in spring, the oceans know their boundaries, etc.  

It is difficult to keep a home clean with a lot of little children around, but just do the best you can do. Train your children to clean up after themselves. I am far from a perfectionist, but I still tried to keep my home orderly. Children like order. It gives a sense of peace. You do your part, and God will do His.

For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. 
 I Timothy 4:8

And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. 
Colossians 1:10

Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.  Titus 3:14

One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.